Movie Soundtrack

Disney Pixar


Music By: Various Artists

Musical Score Composed By: Randy Newman

Walt Disney Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners



            In the new animated movie from Disney ∑ Pixar, Cars, we meet Lightning McQueen, a hot-shot stock-car en route to a big race.  Always somewhat of a cocky loner, Lightning McQueen finds himself waylaid in a town called Radiator Springs where he discovers the meaning of friendship and family and finds love.  The movie features the vocal talents of Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Paul Newman, Bob Costas, John Ratzenberger and Larry the Cable Guy.

            The soundtrack of Cars is a mix of musical score and original music by award-winning recording artists.  The opening track is a rebellious rock song by Sheryl Crow called Real Gone.  That fast-paced toe-tapper sets the tone for the rest of the soundtrack.  Itís followed by Chuck Berryís Route 66, a new and thoroughly enjoyable rendition of Life Is A Highway by Rascal Flatts, Sh-Boom by The Chords, and more.  There is even a remake of Route 66 by John Mayer, whose silky smooth voice was a perfect selection for the song. 

            The musical score is composed by award-winning American singer-songwriter Randy Newman.  Since the 70ís, Randy Newman has been a tour de force in the music industry, composing and performing hit songs and often finding himself at the top of the billboard charts.  By the 80ís, Newman was dividing himself between composing his own music and composing musical score for movies.  After his award winning composition of the soundtracks for Ragtime, Trouble In Paradise and The Natural, it was clear that Randy Newman found his true calling in the creation of musical score.  Since then, he has created award-winning composition for movies such as Toy Story, A Bugís Life, Monsters Inc., Seabiscuit, Meet the Parents, Maverick, Pleasantville, and more.  His composition for Cars is fun and exciting.  Racing scenes are made especially energetic through the use of horns and fast-paced music that rises in crescendo toward its climax. 

            The soundtrack of Cars as a whole is rock and roll with a country flavor mixed in with an energetic musical score.  With an award winning composer and artists such as Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Rascal Flatts, Chuck Berry, James Taylor, Hank Williams and more, how could you go wrong?  The musical score and original songs balance each other perfectly.  The soundtrack of Cars is thoroughly enjoyable and an incredible bargain at $19.00 U.S.  It comes highly recommended by this reviewer.



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